On July 23, the Trump Administration announced its latest attempt to take food away from over 3 million Americans in need by proposing to effectively eliminate a long standing and widely used state option that has existed within the SNAP program (called 3SquaresVT here in Vermont) for over 20 years. This option, called ‘broad-based categorical eligibility,’ allows Vermont, along with 42 other states, to expand access to 3SquaresVT for vulnerable low-income Vermonters (including working families, children, older adults, and people with disabilities).

If enacted, this rule could cut 3.1 million Americans and over 13,000 Vermonters off from crucial benefits that allow them to put enough food on the table for themselves and their families.

Since this proposal was announced, we’ve been working to ensure that Vermont voices are heard in the public comment period that ended yesterday. Because of you, over 80,000 comments were submitted in opposition to this proposal. Thank you for speaking up for the nutrition needs of Vermonters - your action makes a difference!  Here’s a great article from the New York Times that shows your impact.

Now that the public comment period has ended, the federal government must read and consider each unique comment that was submitted - this typically takes quite some time, especially when you consider the volume of comments! We don’t know how long this will take or what comes next, but we will be sure to keep you all updated on any further action you can take. We are so grateful for all who took the time to learn more about this proposal and take action - it’s proof that Vermonters believe in supporting our neighbors during times of need so that they can move toward financial stability.

Check back here for updates and other relevant news - we are committed to ensuring that 3SquaresVT stays strong and accessible in our state, and know that together we can achieve anything.

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For more information on the proposed rule, reach out to Drake Turner, Food Security Advocacy Manager at Hunger Free Vermont at (802) 231-0394 or